The Yorkshire terrier ranks first among the toy breeds and sixth among all breeds on the American Kennel Club's popularity list. Compact, companionable, and full of attitude, the Yorkie has been a widely favored housedog since moving out of the mines and mills approximately 150 years ago. The shining floor-length coat, sparkling eyes, and equally sparkling personality make the Yorkie impossible to ignore. It's hard to believe that the opinion of dog professionals was once that this little dog would never achieve widespread popularity.
While much about this breed has certainly changed over the years, its personality formed early and has undergone little modification. A Yorkshire terrier is not a fashionable toy to be admired and ignored, as many people believe. This dog requires a responsible owner who will remain committed to both his mental and physical upkeep. Like all dogs, the Yorkie needs dental and medical care, but the breed's long coat and special personality deserve extra attention. Daily grooming and training are among this dog's most important needs.